Gear Review: MontBell Frost Smoke Jacket

An 850-fill jacket that packs down tiny!

“It scrunches down to the size of my goggles and weighs less than my gorp, but man does this jacket get it done!” raves a tester who packed it on winter climbs in New Hampshire’s Whites. Clouds of 850-fill down loft up when the jacket is sprung from its tiny sack.

The wispy shell fabric is a 15-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon: Fibers are heated and stretched so the molecules align to provide wind and abrasion resistance equal to far heavier fabrics. Nylon tafetta (40-denier) lines the shoulders, sleeves, and helmet-friendly hood for added durability.

Our tester raved about the comfort range. “It’s so breathable and light that I wore it into the mid 40s, but it’s toasty below freezing.” Sizing is spot on: Layer over or under.

11.5 oz.; m’s S-XXL, w’s S-XL